Good morning OmegaT users...
- It is 8.12 am Tokyo time and my office is still freezing, but here, it
is time to get back to work and the priority today is to set up the
list and do some introductions.
First, as Marc mentioned yesterday, he does not have upload rights.
This is corrected. All members have all necessary access to all the
features provided by yahoo groups. Including chat, database, calendar,
bookmark, up/download etc. There is no moderation, but I suppose, as it
happens to all groups, we'll be subject to spam attempts by subscribers
so I am thinking of activating the "moderation for new users" sometimes
when it becomes necessary.
I am not extremely familiar with yahoo groups, and I'd rather have the
whole stuff on a conventional "open sourced" server with monharc mail
archives, perl wikis etc, but well, I am far from being a computer wiz
so here we go with this yahoo thing.
So, here, introductions. And if all subscribers could introduce
themselves that would be nice too.
I am Jean-Christophe Helary, a freelance translator (sometimes
interpreter/french teacher etc) based in Kokubunji/Kagawa/Japan. I
mainly work from Japanese, sometimes from English, rarely from French
and I basically translate to French, English (more jobs) and Japanese
(my wife, freelance as well, does the checking).
I used to work with a text based debian install on a ibm old thinkpad
until it broke down. I then resumed my mac activity. I work now with
OSX, trying to get the darwin side to work (which include OOo) and
found, since I started to use OmegaT (0.97 ?) that even JAVA, which is
supposed to be "internationalized" had issues when it came to CJK
character sets and multilinguism.
Basically, until 1.3.5 (introduction of font selectors) I could not use
OmegaT for Japanese/French projects since Java would restrict display
to fonts that did not cover both character sets (even though OSX has
plenty of unicode fonts). Besides, Java would choose the font not
according to the text itself (content sniffing ?) but to the os
As you may know, it is quite easy to change the locale on the fly in
OSX, it is just a matter of preference setting and any application
launched after the setting has changed is localized according to the
selected locale. Hence, the possibility to have a french environment
for an app, an english one for another and a japanese one for OmegaT,
which forces Java to select japanese fonts (and eventually will wreck
the French side display...)
So, here comes 1.3.5, I can do marvels with it but then the version
comes with an issue: impossibility to open projects "normally" at least
on my platform. Discussions with Keith and Marc follow and here, 1.3.6
is finally released. With a not to "cool" project opening function but
at least it works.
That's when Christmas come, and two months later, I find myself with
huge jp-en ISO-9001 jobs, in word format, no way to display them
properly in OOo, no time to look for info and here, I go to the
computer shop, get my version of Word v.x (my old Office 98 refused to
open any file) et voilà !
Soooo, already 8.38 pm, my ISO files are waiting for me and I need to
conclude this already too long post.
Marc sent me 1.3.7 last night. I will upload it in the next few
minutes. I won't have time to check it until I am done with this job
(3.10) but I encourage members to do so and send remarks here.
My idea for this list is the following: not so much a "support" list
stricto sensus, than an "information collector" kind of list. It looks
like we have already a wide range of languages (let me guess: Italian,
German, French, English, Japanese, what else ?) I suppose we are all
active in your local OmegaT community, so here is the thing: we all
send the bits of knowledge coming from our various communities to the
list, and we try to make it a relatively coherent knowledge base (how
do they call this in normal compulingo: FAQ ?) Everyone can now
edit/activate all the functions of the group so it is just a matter of
giving it a try.
Ok, back to my ISO thing. Have all a nice day, but considering the time
difference you're all probably going to bed. Waiting for news in about